Stop Eating Junk Food

I’m not writing about the poor eating habits many practice (though that would be a great idea). My concern today is more about the people you and I can choose to hang around.

Just like any dieter knows, if you get around people with poor eating habits, chances are, you’ll eat more like them as well. I know when my wife Rachelle is dieting, I tend to lose some weight also. Why is that? Because when she is eating less, I do too!

Whoever you hang with can influence what you eat or take in, such as movies you watch, books you read, or music you listen to.

So, it just makes sense that if you want to increase your appetite for godly things then you need to get around godly people. Spiritual hunger is contagious. As you get around people who love God, love to worship God, love to read the Bible, love to attend church, and love to serve – your loves are going to change.

Whether it’s losing weight or getting closer to God, you need to watch who you hang around, they are probably affecting you more than you know or admit.

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Input = Output

Posted in Choice, Diet, Mind, Personal Growth, Victorious Living by PCraig on September 27, 2013

Perhaps you’ve heard someone say, “Garbage in, garbage out.”  What that saying conveys is what we put into our minds is what will come out.  Isn’t this true in all of life?  A few years ago a man did an experiment of only eating McDonald’s fast food for many days in a row.  The result was that his doctor said his health deteriorated during that time because of what he had been putting in his body.

More recently, here in the Indianapolis area, people were having trouble with their cars stalling after getting them filled up with gasoline.  After studying the situation, what they determined is that these individuals were getting bad gas from filling stations in town.

Here’s how this applies to our lives today, we can make one of three choices:

  • We can fill our minds with nothing and get no better than what we were yesterday.
  • We can fill our minds with negative thoughts, such as, “I know I’ll never succeed at this…” or words others have compiled in song lyrics or writings that drag you down.
  • We can strategically and intentionally fill our minds with good things, like great articles, good music with inspiriting lyrics, and most of all God’s Word.

If you don’t like the direction your life is going, you just might want to check what you’re putting in your tank, stomach, mind or spirit.

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Fantasy Island

Posted in Choice, Decisions, Diet, Personal Growth, Victorious Living by PCraig on May 31, 2012

For those of you that weren’t blessed enough to be raised in the 70’s, you might have missed one of the most interesting TV shows called Fantasy Island.  Honestly, most weeks were pretty lame as far as the depth of the script, but it did provide an hour of mindless entertainment.  Each week, new arrivals would come to Fantasy Island and through some mystical experience have the opportunity to live out their fantasy.  Sometimes this would lead to a wonderful time, while others had a dreadful stay, but all seemed to learn something.  Most came to the island thinking it would be the capstone of their lives and lead to fulfillment, however, it never turned out exactly as they imagined.

I think a lot of people spend their days trying to live on Fantasy Island.  They think that some mystical experience or stroke of luck is going to change their fortune.  People think, “If I can just hit the lottery my financial problems will be over”, “If I can just bump into that special person, then I’ll be in my dream relationship”, “If I can just catch the right break, my future is going to be fantastic”, or “Even though I don’t always stick to my diet, I think I’ll still lose weight.”  See what I’m saying?  That’s living on Fantasy Island.  The problem is, that most people find it easier to live in a fantasy than they do in facing reality.

The Bible has a lot to say about personal responsibility, and if our life isn’t going where we want it to go, then it’s up to us to change direction.  The Apostle Paul mentions how he “beats his body” to make it his slave, lest he become a victim of a lack of discipline.  Some of us could use a little body beating before we go reaching for the cookie jar – again!

You can be your best asset or your greatest liability.  The difference is all about the choices you make.  Instead of sitting around waiting on Prince Charming, why don’t you work on being a princess worth finding?  Or, instead of thinking success is something that just happens, you could step up and make your own success with something most people call hard work.

Don’t sit around waiting on the next plane to Fantasy Island…”Da plane, da plane” (You would have to see the show to know what I’m talking about), instead start walking in the direction you want your life to go.  Wake up and realize, as nice as it may sound today, we don’t live on Fantasy Island; instead we live in a world that requires a lot of discipline, but the rewards are real.

Do you know anyone who needs to wake up and smell the coffee?

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God’s Temple

Posted in Body, Diet, Victorious Living by PCraig on October 4, 2010

Glad to be home from a conference and some time away this past week.  It’s good to get away though from the daily demands of ministry and life.  Thought I would share a little from one of the speakers I heard while I was away.  His name was Steve Reynolds and he has been called the “Anti-fat Pastor” by Fox News.  He wrote a book called “Bod 4 God” after losing over 100 pounds! 

After reading everything the Bible has to say about our bodies, here are four keys Steve shares: 1.  Honor God with you body  2. Manage your lifestyle habits  3.  Motivate yourself for change  4.  Build a circle of support.  By applying these principles, Steve has lost over 100 pounds and still going.  Because of his lifestyle change, Steve no longer takes all the medications that he was on before because of his obesity. 

Rachelle and I work at maintaining a healthy diet which feeds the temple of the Lord.  It’s not always easy, but we want to take care of God’s temple.  Some of us need to lose to live.  By being a loser, you can become a winner and gain a new lease on the life God made you to live!  How about you, are you taking care of God’s temple?

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